5-8 November 2015 | St. Louis, MO, USA

The Nevermore Jazz Ball

The Nevermore Jazz Ball is a one-of-a-kind celebration that features four nights of dancing to live music, two days of workshops, a jazz crawl with live bands on Cherokee Street, vintage vendors, crazy contests, and lots of St. Louis goodness. Now back for its 5th year, the Nevermore Jazz Ball has grown to be a dancer’s, musician’s, and fun-lover’s favorite. This year we’re bringing you a line-up that’s sure to please!


Registration opens Monday, July 6th at 7pm CST! We sell out every year, so plan to buy your tickets early! Due to venue capacity regulations, it’s unlikely that dances or classes will be available a-la-carte. So if you want to come to Nevermore, get yourself a ticket! New this year, we’re selling fewer full-weekend passes and more party passes. For those who want to enjoy and get the most out of the workshops, this means smaller class sizes. For those who want to party it up and enjoy more free time to explore St. Louis in the daytimes, rejoice! We have more dance-only passes available than ever before.

Nevermore Jazz Ball 2015 is now SOLD OUT!

We sold out in record time (300 tickets in just about 3 weeks) and we were amazed at how quickly the tickets went. As of right now, we will NOT have dances available a la carte, as we are working with some strict venue fire-code capacities. We’re already working bigger venues for next year! If you want a pass, keep an eye on the Facebook group for people looking to sell their tickets–passes are transferable.



FULL WEEKEND PASSES include all dances and live music as well as all workshops with our super instructors. The best value, if you want to do the whole she-bang!

First 50: $120

Next 75: $140

Final 75: $160

PARTY PASSES (aka Dance-Only Passes) include all of the dances and of course the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl. No classes are included with this pass.

First 30: $85

Next 70: $95

The Nitty Gritty (Registration Policies)



We believe in music! Nevermore is just as much about the musicians as it is about the dancers. The Nevermore Jazz Ball is committed to bringing you a one-of-a-kind musical experience with an emphasis on featuring our magnificent local talent. We ice this sweet, locally-grown musical cake with a special guest band of hand-picked musicians from around the nation. We’re pretty sure you’re gonna like this.


The Bands

Thursday Night

Thursday’s kickoff party band is TBA, but you can bet we’re conjuring up a delicious and unique concoction of St. Louis’ best!

Friday Night-Miss Jubilee

A Nevermore Jazz Ball staple and dancer favorite, Miss Jubilee will set the dance floor swingin’ with their rowdy, raucous energy and soulful St. Louis sound.

Sat & Sun – Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders

Our headline band this year will be led by Michael Gamble (Asheville, NC) and will feature a “hard-swinging…classic small group swing” sound, and will be comprised of Michael Gamble (bass), Russ Wilson (drums), James Posedel (piano), Mike Faltesek (guitar), Jonathan Doyle (tenor sax), and David Jellema (trumpet). We’re excited about this one, folks!

Late Night Music

Hot and wild or low and slow, the party don’t stop when the clock strikes twelve. Late night line up coming soon, but we all know that lots of the magic happens after 1am, so you can expect it’s gonna be a special one.

Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

No Nevermore would be complete without the Jazz Crawl! We’ll feature 6+ local bands for your dancing and listening pleasure on Saturday afternoon. Full details on the Jazz Crawl page.


Sylvia Sykes

Nick Williams

Mia Halloran

Andy Reid

Michael Faltesek

John Bedrosian

Event Info


Here’s a big picture schedule to help you plan. We’ll be adding details as registration draws closer and of course, a fully detailed schedule will be available here prior to and throughout the event. For now, though, may we suggest that you plan to make a long weekend out of this? The Sunday party has historically been the legendary one, so get here early and stay in town if you can swing it (get it…?)!

Thursday, 5 November

8:30pm-1am – Welcome Party with live music

Friday, 6 November

Daytime: Explore St. Louis! City Museum, food, drinks, architecture, etc.

8:30pm-midnight – Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers at the Franklin Room!

1am-4am – Late Night Party with live music at South Broadway Athletic Club 

Saturday, 7 November

10am-5pm – Workshops

12pm-3pm –  Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl! (during workshop break)

8:30pm-12:30am – Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders at [not yet announced, but it’s a sweet place!]

1am-4am: Late Night Party with live music at South Broadway Athletic Club

Sunday, 8 November

11am-5pm – Workhsops

9pm-1am – Closing Party with Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders! [venue also not yet announced–it’ll be a fancy night!]


The Franklin Room

816 Allen Ave. 63104

Friday Main Dance

The International Institute

3401 Arsenal St. 63118

Saturday Main Dance

South Broadway Athletic Club

2301 S. 7th Street 63104

Friday & Saturday Late Nights

2720 Cherokee

2720 Cherokee St. 63118

Saturday & Sunday Classes

The Bomb Door

Texas & Cherokee St. 63118

Saturday & Sunday Classes

Nebula Coworking

3407 S. Jefferson Ave. 63118

Saturday and Sunday Classes

The Boo Cat Club

812 Union Blvd. 63108

Sunday Night Dance

Cherokee Street 

Between Illinois & Nebraska

Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl!

Travel & Hotels

Getting Around STL: St. Louis has Uber and traditional taxis. There are buses and two metro lines that are safe and run well, but public transit is not super extensive.  A car (or a friend with a car!) can be helpful, and bicycles are great if you’re comfortable getting around that way.

Hotels & Lodging: Be sure to make plans for your lodging while you’re in St. Louis! There is no official event hotel for Nevermore and we know you all have different preferences when it comes to where you stay, but here are some ideas to get you started. Be sure to check out the Venues page to give you an idea of where you will need to go. *PLEASE NOTE*: These are just suggestions based on the same type of internet search you might do. We’re not endorsing a given hotel, just trying to make your life one step easier. Read reviews to learn more! In general, hotels in or near the neighborhoods surrounding downtown will be easily accesible to all venues. Don’t forget about Air B&B as well–there are some great options available!

Drury Inn at Forest Park

Moderate price; ~15 min. drive from all venues

Red Roof Inn near Forest Park

Cheapest! ~15 min. drive from all venues

St. Louis City Center Hotel

Pricier; located conveniently downtown

Hotel Ayvan

Near downtown, close to Cherokee Street

Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

The Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl means Nevermore spirit for everyone! It’s a completely free-to-the-public mini music festival in one of the artistic epicenters of St. Louis–the Cherokee Street neighborhood! Born out of our desires to make Nevermore open and accessible to all members of the community and to showcase the wealth of local musical talent that we have at home in St. Louis, the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl brings the music to the people. We’ll put 6-10 local music acts in local eateries, bars, shops, and small businesses up and down Cherokee Street and they will be yours for the dancing, enjoying, and celebrating! This is undoubtedly one of the most unique and magical parts of the festival and we’re pretty sure you’ve never seen anything like it before! The lineup and more about the Jazz Crawl will be posted here.  



The Nevermore Code

We take fun seriously at the Nevermore Jazz Ball, and this means if you want to join in, you agree and abide by certain ground rules. Many of these points go without saying, but we’re still going to say them, write them, and live by them. This policy may be updated, so be sure to keep yourself familiar with it.

Code of Conduct

Nevermore Values